More than 73,000 food producers and traders violated regulations on food hygiene safety and last year but they were only given warnings, not penalties, the Health Ministry has said.
The violators account for 16 percent of the total number of food establishments that were inspected last year, the ministry said at a recent conference on reviewing performance of the 2006-2010 national target program on food hygiene and safety.
Of the 53,000 samples of food tested last year, 16 percent did not meet required standards.
Main violations by food producers and traders included using banned additives, producing food with lower-than-required levels of protein, using unhygienic containers for food processing, and making liquor with excessively high methanol content.
Last year, there were 42 deaths from food poisoning, 33 percent of which come from drinking liquor containing industrial alcohol or an extremely high methanol content, 23 percent from eating toxic mushrooms, and 16 percent from eating puffer fish.
However, the death toll from food poisoning last year is lower than the average rate of the past five years – 52.